The Importance Of The American Public Health Association

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The American Public Health Association(APHA) is responsible for the health and wellbeing of our country. As a prime source for “[protecting]...the health of people and communities where they live, learn work, and play” (APHA), we must trust them with the matter of the illegal drug abuse. The APHA promotes “healthy decisions” and should be able to aid victims, whom are unable to exist or grow for themselves. While each drug result in different side effects and hazards, how would we know or measure the knowledge of our justice system of illegal drugs such as cocaine, heroin, or/and methamphetamine. Therefore, personal growth, autonomy, healthy relationships, and physical health are initial for the wellbeing of our communities and our citizens. …show more content…
With freedom comes mistakes, and people have the ability and freedom to confess their wrong doing, whether it be the possession of illegal drugs or distribution of drugs. In the. Drug Court systems, defendants can plead guilty for the right to be held accused and judged by doctors. According to a study conducted in Riverside County in California, “13 percent of drug court participants were rearrested, compared with 33 percent of nonparticipants” (Cole). The gap could potentially increase, if Drug Courts were more well known and trusted. Medical doctors distinguish a decision based on records, health, and wellbeing. The criminal justice system is blankly sentencing victims of addiction and martyrs to the game in prisons. As humans, we are accustomed to civil rights. Autonomy is the freedom to make choices. If the APHA dealt with the illegal drug case, defendants can have the opportunity to rearrange their health, social, and mental decisions for the better. The wellness of our citizens should be a priority. Why should we exile them from society? Individuals have the autonomy to choose their fate. If our government decides to offer a solution through the public health, the victims have the freedom to seek help. Drug Courts enable the first or second time offenders to change for their health and wellness. It is for the wellbeing and health of our great nation to allow the APHA …show more content…
The administration of fairness and safety should not be partaken in the conflict of illegal drugs, because the justice system can harm its citizens. According to Robinson V. California, it would be “infliction of cruel and unusual punishment in violation of the Eighth and Fourteenth Amendments”(666). Our Justice system prioritize fairness and equality, yet they would rather sentence victims of addiction to seclusion in prison. It is medical condition requiring medical attention, diagnosis, and aid. It is cruel to punish someone, who requires doctors and peer support, for their actions. Within the walls of prison, most addicts or marketers will return to their same habits. If our Public Health system treated the matter of illegal drugs, they would evaluate the unique situation as it applies to the health of the communities and the health of the defendant. Although a select number of prison sites hold rehabilitation for addicts, the nurses and psychiatrists can not be judged as a proper fit for individuals. The APHA can diagnose patients and record the progress of individuals with alcohol addiction as well as the patients who suffer drug addiction. Addiction is a clouded judgement and the victim’s desire for such substance(s), because of the side effects. The human body is an amazing creation, yet it is easily fooled over necessities. The mind believes that it can not

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